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Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu, is well known
for its food and variety of cuisines. The city is famous for its
vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes alike, and it offers an assortment
of finger licking dishes. Rice is the staple diet of Chennai, and
irrespective of whether it is breakfast, lunch or dinner, rice features
in all meals, in different forms and shapes.
The day of a typical South Indian starts with a hot steaming filter coffee . In most of the houses and hotels people drink filter coffees in small tumblers with a bowl along it
Breakfast in Chennai:
Most common breakfast cuisine in Chennai would include idli and dosaalong with different varieties of Uttapam, Upumav and Vada.
Idli & Sambar – These are steamed rice cakes usually served with different kinds of sauces.
Most of the sauce served are coconut based, and the variation would be
in the chilly quantity. Tomato sauce is famous all across Chennai and
all household at all time would have a good stock of it. The idli is
served with sambar which becomes extremely nutritious with a generous
helping of dal and vegetables.
Dosa is another famous dish in Chennai. People consume a lot of dosa in different variations.The dosa is
filled with tangy potato masala or likes.
Uttappam, is a small deviation from dosa,
where the same dosa batter is used but is thicker, and topped with
vegetables and mustard seeds and fried curry leaves.
Upumav, is made of rava and features in the menu of almost all hotels in Chennai. Crispy fried vada
is the favorite snack consumed at all times of the day in Tamil Nadu,
and also is devoured at breakfast.Vada is served with sauce and
sambar. It is served in a bowl, with a good amount of sambar topped on
Lunch and Dinner in Chennai:
Rice and legumes, play
a very important role in the Chennai cuisine. Parathas and chappati are
also eaten for meals. In a characteristic South Indian restaurant, rice
and the other dishes if served on banana leaves is considered to be
The classic meal known as Saapadu, is served with rice,
dished up with different curries, such as rasam, kootu(dry
vegetable),avial. One of the condiment that is must for the meal is
Most of the Chennaities, finish their meal by
eating curd with rice. Chennai is famous for different varieties of
rice, such as pongal which is a rice dish, mixed with dal and a good
heap of ghee. The other types of rice include lime rice, tamarind rice,
tomato rice and curd rice.
Non-Vegetarian Food in Chennai:
The most famous non-vegetarian food consumed in Chennai is chicken, mutton and fish. Chettinad pepper chicken is popular across all sections of population.
In the coastal area, sea-food is extremely popular and one can get extremely fresh prawns, lobsters and crabs.
Apart from the specialties, you will find many local non-veg eating joints in Chennai streets.
Chennai is home to potpourri of sweets. Every shop or restaurant you visit, you will be spoiled by the choice of sweets offered. Most famous dishes are payasam, these are made with vermicelli or rice and are slow cooked in milk with a generous amount of sugar and ghee.
Kesari is made out of rava, and it is popularly served for breakfast and also tea. Another dish sweet boli is famous in Chennai and it is made of Channa dal (pulse) and jaggery.
The most popular snacks of Chennai include murukku which are rice sticks. Murukku alongwith other snacks are devoured during evening time.Pakoda made from big chillies and potatoes. Vada is also savored as an evening snack.
In Chennai, it’s a belief that serving food is providing service to humanity. South Indian cuisine unifies six different tastes such as sweet, salt, bitter, pungent, sour and astringent. It is a treat to taste the different dishes, in Chennai and you will yearn for more with each visit. Also Read: Restaurants in Chennai,Vegetarian Restaurants in Chennai